Sunday, January 15, 2012

A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - January 15 (Day 15)

Today we continue raising awareness about the African continent as a whole by looking at some trends to watch. Read the "Trends to Watch" section on pages 35-36, then return here for our prayer time.

Did you come away from the reading with the same impression I did - that these trends are huge, beyond the ability of any one political nation to resolve? Isn't it great to know that the God who hears our prayers today isn't threatened by our messes ... in fact, He specializes in making wholeness out of brokenness.

My prayer for today: Oh Lord, You are truly amazing. Nothing is impossible for You. You are Lord of creation and Lord of the earth, and You are the answer for Africa. Lord, we ask that You raise up African believers who are wise and gifted to help Africa in the economic realm, the health realm, the political realm. Raise up non-African believers to partner with them in humble service, helping to bring glimpses of Your kingdom to bear in Africa. Bring awareness of the root causes of poverty, AIDS, malaria - and guide Africans to understand what they can do to make a difference not only for a day, but for generations to come. Lord, trafficking and displacement of peoples are global problems and require global solutions. I pray for leaders worldwide to look at this bigger picture and begin to work together for solutions that help people at every level. Lord, we come strongly against the issue of trafficking in Africa. Reveal what is really going on so that families no longer unwittingly send their children off to a life of slavery. Break the bondage that creates the demand for sex trafficking, including the bondage of the pornography industry and our own over-sexualized society. Until we are whole and healthy in this area, Lord, this sin will remain. Bring wholeness at every level and break the chains to set these captives free. Lord, for the big religions issues in Africa-I continue to pray for African Christians to boldly and lovingly minister the Gospel to their Muslim neighbors, and not allow fear to hinder their proclamation. I pray for African Christians to fully and completely renounce all animism which is idolatry. We bind the powers of darkness that seek to draw believers away from a pure and simple devotion to Jesus. Guide African churches to have awareness how to fight this significant spiritual battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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